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Oxford Jam - Sign up now!

E-mail sent by Emily Chew, Thursday, 8th April 2010 @ 1:12pm

Hello Social Entrepreneurship OBN Members:

You are all invited to sign up for Oxford Jam, happening around the Skoll World Forum next week.  Please see the advertisement below from the Oxford Jam organisers.

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www.oxfordjam.org.uk

 

Dear friend,

By now you'll probably have heard about OxfordJam, the three-day event running in parallel to, and complementing, the Skoll World Forum over 14th, 15th and 16th April.

OxfordJam has been crowdfunded and crowdsourced.  It's been a challenge to make it reality.  But reality it is.  Content and structure are in place.  Many contributors and attendees are confirmed.  The website is live!!! 

So come and participate!  Note that you'll need to book most sessions through the website.  All day-time events are free!  Spread the word!

We aren't running an email list.  And we won't be sending out more than a few emails like this one.  So to stay in touch follow @OxfordJam on Twitter, or follow the whole discussion using the hashtag #OxfordJam.   Join the facebook group or join the LinkedIn group!  Or you can RSS feed from the website.

We’d love to see friendships blossom, projects form, organisations refine their strategies and laughter reverberate throughout.  And we'll be providing a wide variety of hugely beneficial, informative and occasionally hilarious events to make this so. Sessions will include 1-to-1’s, small groups, endless food and drink, TED-style talks, skill swaps, stand-up and musical entertainment, fireside chats, presentations, and will cover themes such as Asset-Based Development, Environmental Enterprise, Social Media, Education, and many more... 

The event is only made possible by your donations of time and money.  To make a financial donation click here!  To donate your time just get in touch!

Hopefully see you there.

The OxfordJam Team.

 

About OxfordJam

OxfordJam is a human scale response to the opportunities for learning and development presented by the Skoll World Forum held at Oxford University. Time and time again attendees report that some of most valuable discussions at Skoll happen in the halls and the bars around the event. OxfordJam allows participants to shape and maximise the benefits of these discussions, and furthermore invites all those social entrepreneurs that are unable to attend Skoll. OxfordJam is working around Skoll ’down-time’ and indeed throughout the day to offer a wide variety of hugely beneficial, informative and occasionally hilarious events.

OxfordJam. Course Cut. Spread Evenly. 
www.oxfordjam.org.uk

Quick Links and some job and internship postings

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Tuesday, 30th March 2010 @ 2:38am

Dear All,

We're finally done! Just wanted to send a long a few job/internship postings and important links for the Skolll World Forum, SE-related SCPs and Rizwan's talks. Be sure to also check out Tim Jones (SE Sector Consultant's) plea to fundraise for Community Links and Bromely by Bow Centre.

Enjoy vacation!
Karin
 

This Monday: How Do I Envision Business of the Future and How Should the MBA Play a Role?

  • Monday, 15th February 2010 at 5pm

    Monday 15 February 2010
    5:00pm | Common Room
    Free Beer - 1st round!! 

4th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Tuesday, 9th February 2010 @ 8:25am

All,

Although we're entering 4th week madness, you all still have to have lunch, right?  So take some time out to hear Justin Belkin on Wednesday share his enterpreneurial aspirations and a Social Investment Speaker on Friday (sponsored by SF-OBN). 

Abrar and Antonio have worked hard to bring you the first ever SE OBN Examples from the Field -- so do check out their case study on dairy farmers in Pakistan...

Finally, anyone who isn't already a finalist for Skoll:Emerge but interested in reviewing SE business plans should contact Sara Fernandez (see below). 

And remember to mark your calendars for the following upcoming SE Events:

16 February - Helmy Abouleish of SEKEM (see below)
4 March -- Lily LaPenna of MyBank
14-16 April - Skoll World Forum

Enjoy 4th week...
Karin

Doing Good and Doing Well Conference in February

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Saturday, 9th January 2010 @ 9:00am

Dear SE-OBN Members,

My apologies for the extra email but see below details on the Net Impact and IESE sposored Doing Good and Doing Well Conference coming up this February 26-27 in Barcelona.  They've got a pretty amazing line up of speakers, a responsible business career fair, and workshops for idea generation.  

Register before 15 January 2010 to receive up to 20% off the regular conference price.  For more information check out
http://www.dgdw.org/


Doing Good Doing Well 7th Annual Conference

"From niche to mass market: taking responsible business to the next level"


We are delighted to announce our confirmed keynote speakers to date:

Michel Camdessus, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and
Zein Abdalla, CEO of PepsiCo Europe.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Responsible Business in inspiring keynote speeches and over 30 panels divided into the five tracks Corporate Social Responsibility, the Importance of Capital, the Base of the Pyramid, the Role Technology and Innovation, and Business Fundamentals of Social Organizations.

We are also pleased to announce two special events: The CleantechVenture Seminar, which will bring together selected Cleantech industry entrepreneurs with some of the world’s finest venture capitalists, and the Social Entrepreneurship Workshop, which aims to bring together entrepreneurs with businesses at different stages of development (idea, financing, and strategic growth).

Participants interested in launching their own social venture can apply at www.dgdw.org to participate in the idea generation workshop.

Take advantage of the opportunity to network with over 700 business students and professionals during numerous networking events such as a networking cocktail and theme dinner throughout Barcelona on Friday and an end of conference dinner and party on Saturday.

Visit www.dgdw.org
for registration and an up-to-date list of over 50 confirmed panel speakers.

Job posting (fellowship): LeapFrog Investments - Deadline 15 Jan 2010

E-mail sent by Emily Chew, Thursday, 10th December 2009 @ 12:33am

Job posting (fellowship): LeapFrog Investments - Deadline 15 Jan 2010

** Please note: this advertisement has been referred to the Skoll Centre only for circulation among the members of the Social Entrepreneurship and Social Finance OBNs **

Job description: Global Fellow
Location: Sydney, Johannesburg or Edinburgh
Length: 12 month minimum commitment
Applic deadline: 15 Jan 2010
Commencement: 1 March 2010 and 1 June 2010 (** there may be some flexibility for further delayed commencment for SBS students on request)
Salary: unpaid, expenses covered
www.leapfroginvest.com

LeapFrog Investments is offering a 1-year Global Fellowship to two outstanding MBA graduates.

"This is a unique chance to work as an Investment Associate with a cutting‐edge organization in microfinance, and the industry leader in microinsurance. Fellows will help LeapFrog to source and act on exciting investment opportunities, and to grow the microinsurance sector. Working directly with the LeapFrog Principals, Fellows’responsibilities can include financial modeling, investment due diligence, industry analysis, day‐to‐day operations, marketing and transaction support. There will also be opportunities to work directly with our portfolio companies, helping their high‐impact businesses grow and succeed. Flexibility and initiative are essential to thriving in LeapFrog’ entrepreneurial environment."

 
Please see the attached pdf for more information.

 

** Sick of the careers spam?  The Careers Vice-Chairs will be moving to a more streamlined system for job postings in Hilary Term, involving the SBS Careers Connect system and the SE-OBN Social Innovation Forum.  Please bear with us while we put this system in place. **

Job Posting: Awethu Fellowship, South Africa - Deadline 20-Dec-09

E-mail sent by Emily Chew, Tuesday, 8th December 2009 @ 4:42pm

Job Posting: Awethu Fellowship, South Africa - Deadline 20-Dec-09

Position: Fellow at Awethu Empowerment Fund
Location: Johannesburg
Applic due: 20 December 2009
Contract length: 6-8 months
Commencement: 1 March 2010 (negotiable)
Remuneration: Performance-based
 
Please see the attached file for more position and application information:  Awethu Fellowship Description.pdf


Fellowship Description:
Each Awethu Fellow will be in charge of establishing an Awethu Venture, to eventually be run by an Awethu Entrepreneur. This process will take at least six months. The business idea for each Venture and plan for delivering on this idea will be sourced by Awethu Senior Management. The Fellows will then be responsible for executing this plan, ensuring that the Awethu Venture is ready to commence operations and that the Awethu Entrepreneurs are adequately prepared to handle significant responsibilities within the Awethu Venture as soon as operations commence.


** Note: Ian Goldin, Director of the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford, is a member of the Awethu Advisory Board.

Job posting: European Venture Philanthropy Association - Deadline 15-Dec-09

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Sunday, 6th December 2009 @ 11:47am

Job posting: European Venture Philanthropy Association - Deadline 15-Dec-09

** This job has also been posted to Career Connect - search for it under 'Finance' or 'Social Entrepreneurship' **

Position: Research Director / Consultant
Location: Brussels
Applic due: 15 December 2009
 

Key Responsibilities:

· Be the primary initiator and designer of EVPA's research programmes, and their principal implementer.
· Manage EVPA's research consultants commissioned on specific research or training projects.
· Provide quality assurance, support and final editing on all Knowledge Centre outputs such as working papers, data capture and analysis projects.
· Distill and present research findings (a) internally to EVPA staff, directors and members, and (b) externally wider stakeholders
· Manage collaborations with our academic members and external research establishments
· Expand and maintain the Knowledge Centre's micro-site on the EVPA website, so that it is the 'first stop' for any member of public enquiry into VP in Europe
· Pursue funding opportunities for Knowledge Centre programmes in order to resource in depth research into conceptual questions concerning the field of venture philanthropy and related areas (e.g. social entrepreneurship, social enterprise)
· Develop and maintain good working relationships with all organisations of importance to EVPA
· Play an active and constructive role in the organisational development of EVPA generally and contribute to the strategic direction of the EVPA in such a way that harnesses insights gathered from its research evidence
· Perform any other duties as required by the Managing Director.   


Please refer to the attached pdf file for more info.      EVPA KC jobspec 09.pdf

SVCIC Details

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 @ 9:08am

All -- please see below about the SVCIC details from the PE OBN

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Dear All,

After the information session on (S)VCIC last week, hopefully many of you are in the process of forming your teams. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with following important follow-up information to further clarify your doubts and address concerns.

(S)VCIC organisation team structure:
Jonathan Simkins ((S)VCIC Organisation Lead):
Jonathan is owning and managing all the details involved in the organisation process. If you have any queries regarding the process, please reach out to Jonathan.

Tushar Srivastava (Facilitator):
I am responsible for an effective and fair organisation of the event. Hence, if you have any suggestions/concerns regarding the process, feel free to reach out to me.

SBS Alumni (currently confirmed members are Terry Beech, David Webster and Dominic Maffei):
The team consists of primarily last year's runner up (global VCIC) team, and has kindly offered to help us prepare for the event and judge the internal competition. Moreover, we are looking to add more members to the team including actual VCs, to make the process as close as possible to the real event.

If you need any help related to the preparation material/tasks, you can reach out to Jonathan (and me) who would in turn reach out to the alumni. However, to avoid any bottlenecks, David Webster will soon set-up a read only folder, where all the preparation material will be available for everyone.

Collectively, organisation team's objectives are:
a) To provide the best possible chance to all interested individuals to learn about and participate in the process.
b) To select the team that best represents SBS in the European and Global finals.

Further details:
1) We have posponed the deadline to submit team details to Monday, 7th December.
Please note that it is in the best interest of everyone to form teams early so that the teams have ample time to prepare, and we have enough time to organise (given that exams and term break are upon us).

2) As promised, Jonathan has created a marketplace to help facilitate team formation:
Link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AvfTDLJOQBWKdHNjR0lFT0hnZXFvUks3eHY3R1UxWEE&hl=en

Name, whether you want to do VCIC or SVCIC and what your specialty/core competence etc. People should also delete themselves once they have found a team for everyone's convenience.

3) Once you have formed your team, please send the names to Jonathan by Monday, 7th November.
Other important dates are: Business plans for internal comp mailed out on Jan 14; Internal comp on Jan 16; VCIC regionals on Feb 26; SVCIC on Mar 19-20; VCIC finals on Apr 8-10.

4) Please also find attached the ppt on (S)VCIC competition for your reference.

I hope above clarifies all/most of your points. If you still have any queries, please reach out to Jonathan or myself.

Thank you very much for reading.

Regards,
Tushar Srivastava
Chair, Private Equity OBN


 

EP ideas Brown Bag Lunch @ SR13

  • Thursday, 3rd December 2009 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    We have a room for our EP brown bag lunch on Thurs Dec 3 @12:30: Seminar Room 13. Bring your…

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Update: SR 13 for Thurs Dec 3@12:30, EP Ideas Lunch

E-mail sent by Jordyan Edmiston, Tuesday, 1st December 2009 @ 2:19pm

Hi Everyone (actually, just MBAs working on our Entrepreneurial Project. Sorry for any confusion!)

We have a room for our EP brown bag lunch on Thurs Dec 3 @12:30: Seminar Room 13. Bring your lunch and find out what’s going on for socially innovative EPs. This is entirely for your benefit to meet and mingle, so it won’t be a formal presentation. Just a quick word from anyone with a spark of an EP idea, then time to mingle and approach the people whose ideas you like.

Again, please invite other classmates and OBNs!

In case you didn’t get the previous announcement with more description, here it is...
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Who? To all the Social Innovators and Friends of Social Innovators (The FOSI Posse??)

What? EP Ideas Chat for business plans with a social leaning

Where? Room is TBD

When? 12:30 on Thursday Dec 3

Why?......

Calling all hands to a SE OBN brown bag lunch! The occasion? To get a jump on EP ideas and groups that focus on Social Initiatives. Get connected to others who want to work on socially enterprising EPs - from finance to education to employment to environmental to energy to health to venture capital...SE touches it all. If you are shopping around for a project to work on or looking for team members for your own project, this is the place for you.

Importantly, if you have a classmate who might be interested in doing an EP with a social angle, but perhaps doesn't normally come to our events, please bring them along.
Ditto for SF OBN, CSR OBN, Energy OBN and Environment OBN - there can be loads of overlap.

And don't forget, you can keep reading and posting your great ideas on http://seobn.freeforums.org/

See you there for some inspirational brain storming...
Jordyan
(Your SE EP/SCP Cowgirl - I round them up!)

EP Lunch on Thurs, 12:30: Find your EP idea or Team

E-mail sent by Jordyan Edmiston, Tuesday, 1st December 2009 @ 12:38am

Who? To all the Social Innovators and Friends of Social Innovators (The FOSI Posse??)

What? EP Ideas Chat for business plans with a social leaning

Where? Room is TBD

When? 12:30 on Thursday Dec 3

Why?......

Calling all hands to a SE OBN brown bag lunch! The occasion? To get a jump on EP ideas and groups that focus on Social Initiatives. Get connected to others who want to work on socially enterprising EPs - from finance to education to employment to environmental to energy to health to venture capital...SE touches it all. If you are shopping around for a project to work on or looking for team members for your own project, this is the place for you.

Importantly, if you have a classmate who might be interested in doing an EP with a social angle, but perhaps doesn't normally come to our events, please bring them along.
Ditto for SF OBN, CSR OBN, Energy OBN and Environment OBN - there can be loads of overlap.

Grab your lunch and join us. The room still must be confirmed - I'll email with the details as soon as the lovely ladies at the front desk provide them...

And don't forget, you can keep reading and posting your great ideas on http://seobn.freeforums.org/

See you there for some inspirational brain storming...
Jordyan
(Your SE EP/SCP Cowgirl - I round them up!)

SE-OBN 8th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Sunday, 29th November 2009 @ 5:34pm

All,

It's 8th week and our last week of classes. A baffling concept, I know.  As Michaelmas Term ends let's think forward to Hilary. 

Next term, the Univeristy of North Carolina is holding an exciting Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition and Oxford is planning to send a team.  If you want to learn more and be on this team see below. 

Muswa announced that India is the official destination for the SE-OBN trek this year.  If you'd like to help her organize it do contact her via email: Muswagha.Katya@sbs.ox.ac.uk

We've also enclosed some useful SE website links and a job opening from the Ethical Property Company (they came to Skoll:Emerge today!). 

Happy 8th Week!
Karin

 

SVCIC Intro Meeting

  • Monday, 30th November 2009 at 12:30pm - 1:15pm
    Location: Seminar Room 16

    Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC) Introduction Meeting
    Monday,…

SE trek : the destination is now chosen !

E-mail sent by Muswagha Katya, Thursday, 26th November 2009 @ 8:56am

 All,

First, I would like to thank you for your participation to the SE trek survey. Based on your response to the survey, here the main directions for 2010 SE treks  :

  • INDIA will be the destination for the international trek
  • a European trek will take place during the Hilary Break. It will have 4 days max duration and I hope it will be in a sunny location 


I am now looking for your help to build the itinerary :
do you know any SEs in India? or do you have any contacts name in those SE? If you have answered Yes to any of the 2 previous questions, please send me, via email, detailed information such as SE name, location (state, city), SE description and potentially a contact's name.

I am also looking for 5 -6 volunteers to work on several activities such as communication pack, Itinerary, Logistics etc. Therefore if you have written skills, geographical knowledge or motivation, join the SE Trek organization team !

Let's work together to make those treks unforgettable successes !

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or if you need any clarification. I welcome any feedback through my SBS email address. 

Looking forward hearing from you !

Muswagha

Cancelled: Upcoming Event on 30 November 2009 Henry Gonzalez of Morgan Stanely

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Wednesday, 25th November 2009 @ 11:35pm

All --

We regreat to inform you that due to personal reasons, Henry Gonzalez will not be able to make it to both Skoll:EMERGE and the upcoming event on Monday, 30 November 2009. 

Thank you.

SE OBN 7th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Tuesday, 24th November 2009 @ 6:43pm

Dear SE OBN Peeps,

First things first, we've finalized our SE OBN Committee and they are looking forward to serving you!  See below for details on how to contact them to give your input.

This week we don't have any speakers lined up but....

.....Skoll:EMERGE is this Sunday, 29 November 2009If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, go get them.  This is an event you don't want to miss.  Seriously. See below for details.

Also, if you haven't already...please fill out the SE-OBN Trek Survey so we know how to serve you best.  It can be found here: 
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFd2U3Y1UWJxRGFVWjJHZFM0Z0dETXc6MA

And stop by our Social Innovation Forum  http://seobn.freeforums.org/ for EP/SCP ideas and much more...

Alright -- some SE News below.  Enjoy!

Cheers,
Karin
 

Skoll: EMERGE

  • Sunday, 29th November 2009 (all day)
    Location: Said Business School - Oxford University

    Skoll:EMERGE is the UK’s only conference on social entrepreneurship for students. …

2010 Social Entrepreneurship treks : where do YOU want to go?

E-mail sent by Muswagha Katya, Friday, 20th November 2009 @ 7:09am

 

Do you want to challenge your neurons by participating in consultancy meetings for specific SEs? Do you want to meet inspirational social entrepreneurs and visits diverse Social Entreprises in an exotic country? 
In top of this, do you want to live an extraordinary human adventure with your SBS colleagues?

 

Give me your insights and, together, we can make the 2010 edition of the SE OBN Trek an authentic and funny break which will continue to inspire you in your professional careers!  
So please, take few minutes to fill the form by Sunday 22nd Nov. 2009.
 

For a direct access to the form, just copy and paste the following address in your browser: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFd2U3Y1UWJxRGFVWjJHZFM0Z0dETXc6MA


Do not hesitate to contact me - muswagha.katya@sbs.ox.ac.uk - should you need help in filling the survey.


Muswa 
 

SE OBN 6th Week Newsletter

E-mail sent by Karin Lui, Monday, 16th November 2009 @ 7:36pm

All,

Can you believe its 6th Week

How time flies...especially when you're learning new subjects you've never heard of before (or maybe that's just me).  In the midst of our super hectic lives, don't forget about all the really great Social Entrepreneurship events happening this week!  At SBS, we've got some great speakers lined up.  This is your opportunity to learn something new, do some networking, and, for some events, grab some free food too... :)

Hope to see you all there!
Karin


Social Entrepreneurship OBN

Networks: Oxford University, Saïd Business School

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